We’ve taken god out of churches.

Pastors in Arkansas, are seeing the need for increased security in churches, and are addressing it in precisely the way we should if there were no god looking over us.

As legislators discuss allowing churches to determine whether people with concealed carry permits can bring guns into their sanctuaries, pastors are giving their take on the controversial proposal.

Moments before families filled the pews at St. Mark Baptist Church for Wednesday night service, Pastor Phillip L. Pointer said he understands the need for more security in the nation’s sanctuaries.

His church utilizes security staff to monitor the premises during services, but will only authorize police officers to carry weapons during worship service.

“There are so many things that can happen, there are children present, seniors present. Unintentionally some great harm can come from a person having those things here,” Pointer says concerning permit carriers bringing guns to churches.

First Baptist Church of Sherwood’s pastor says he has seen the need for church security up close.

“I pastored in Malta, Texas when I first got out of seminary. Daingerfield, Texas in the mid 80′s had a gunman come in and kill a bunch of people,” says Pastor Ricky Lee.

Like St. Mark,  Lee’s congregation has built-in security, members that are trained police officers that can volunteer or work for the church.

Why would they need more security…unless, of course, we’ve taken god out of our churches.

Or, more likely, he was never there to begin with.  Nor was he in a school or a movie theater.  There are only humans there, and it’s only humans that can make these things better.  It’s to their credit that they are content to rely more on other people than on god’s protection, even though I’m sure they’ll all tell you it’s actually the other way around.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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